We made it to Friday, Illinois.
The Sun-Times/WBEZ Poll’s cheeky headline: Downstate farmer beating the crop out of GOP establishment in gov race: “If the numbers hold, it would represent a brutal repudiation by Illinois’ Republican voters of Irvin, his mainstream party endorsements and, pointedly, his $50 million benefactor, Chicago hedge fund tycoon Ken Griffin,” according to Sun-Times’ Tina Sfondeles.
The numbers: 32 percent of respondents would vote for Bailey if the primary were held this past week, compared to 17 percent for Irvin.
What respondents said: “Abortion, Griffin’s millions and former President Donald Trump” all influenced their decisions.
What it means: 27 percent of respondents were still undecided. “To move into first place, Irvin would need to win over more than half of those uncommitted voters and keep Bailey from picking up any of them,” Tina writes.
Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., gives her opening remarks as Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., left, and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., look on, as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds its first public hearing Thursday, June 9, 2022. | AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
It was must-see TV last night as House lawmakers laid out their case showing that former President Donald Trump attempted a coup on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Ivanka et tu: The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th attack relied on Trump’s former aides, including former Attorney General William Barr, and Ivanka Trump, the former president’s eldest daughter, to explain the lengths to which Trump went to hold onto the presidency after he lost.
“Bullshit” is what Barr told Trump about his claims of election fraud. And in dramatic flair, Ivanka testified in a video clip that she trusted Barr’s judgment. A Capitol police officer whose head was slammed to the ground recalled the “carnage” and “chaos.”
POLITICO’s full story is here
The most chilling testimony focused on former Vice President Mike Pence. Donald Trump defended the “Hang Mike Pence” chants from the insurrectionists. But we also learned how Pence tried to stop the attack.
The hearings are carefully choreographed with a mix of short video clips of testimony and longer pieces showing the attack. New information popped up throughout the two-hour hearing. It turns out the Proud Boys didn’t join the Ellipse rally but went right to the Capitol before Trump told them to. It drove the point that the attack was planned in advance.
Taking center stage: Select committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and vice chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) ran the first hearing. Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger sat to the left of Cheney but hasn’t spoken yet.
If this were a movie review, your host would recommend watching it and consider the sequel (hearings).
Cheney: Scott Perry sought pardon for role in trying to overturn 2020 election results, by POLITICO’s Myah Ward
Barr, Miller, Ivanka: Committee uses Trump’s allies to tell Jan. 6 story
‘Then we went for tacos’: Filmmaker describes following Proud Boys on Jan. 6
‘Slipping in people’s blood’: Capitol police officer Caroline Edwards recalls Jan. 6
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At Family Guidance Centers on Wabash Avenue at 12:30 p.m. to sign a mental health omnibus bill … At UIC Surgical Innovation Training at 2 p.m. to sign a bill expanding insurance coverage for prostate cancer screenings.
No official public events.
No official public events.
From limelight to spotlight | Former State Health Director Ezike is under scrutiny by the state’s Top ethics investigator: “Public health director Dr. Ngozi Ezike connected with ordinary people nearly every day during the first two years of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now she is CEO of a top state medical contractor. Did Dr. Ezike’s quick switch violate the state Ethics Act?” Better Government Association’s David Jackson reports.
MAILING IT IN: Early numbers indicate vote by mail for the June 28 primary is on a good pace to surpass previous early voting records, according to the State Board of Elections.
By the numbers: There have been 259,273 mail ballots requested and 22,475 returned so far. “When we ran this report on the day of the 2020 primary, the numbers were 296,072 requested and 130,208 returned,” said elections board spokesman Matt Deitrich.
The deadline for requesting a mail ballotis June 23, so the number of requests for ballots is expected to continue to rise.
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: An effort to add a Workers’ Rights Amendment to the Illinois Constitution has received $4.7 million in donations. The proposal says employees have a fundamental right to organize and bargain collectively about wages, hours, and working conditions. Among the big donations: $1 million each from Liuna Chicago, International Union of Operating Engineers, and Fight Back Fund, which advocates for union families. In a statement, IUOE Local 150 President and Business Manager James M. Sweeney said: “Illinois workers have had enough of politicians in Springfield playing games with our livelihoods. The Workers’ Rights Amendment will ensure that workers have a voice.” Full list of donations
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Alexi Giannoulias is reporting nearly $637,000 today, including $250,000 from SEIU Illinois Council, $150,000 from Liuna, $59,900 from the Plumbers and Pipefitters union, $25,000 from UFCW 881, $25,000 from Chicago attorney Bob Clifford, and $10,000 from Grosvenor’s Paul Meister.
— Bernie Sanders in Chicago next week: Endorsing Jonathan Jackson, Delia Ramirez primary bids: “Sanders hits Chicago on Thursday for a “Fighting Back Against Corporate Greed” rally at Teamsters Local 705 plus a Friday keynote to the Labor Notes Conference in Rosemont,” by Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet.
… Sanders endorses state Sen. Robert Peters, too, via tweet
— IL-01 ENDORSEMENTS: Karin Norington-Reaves has been endorsed by the Tribune. … Pat Dowell won the endorsement of UNITE Here Local 1. … Jonathan Jaackson has been endorsed by Protect Our Future, a new Democratic super PAC. … Jacqueline Collins is backed by state Reps. Jehan Gordon-Booth, Latoya Greenwood, and Camille Lilly. … And Chris Butler has been endorsed by the Illinois State Fraternal Order of Police.
— Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s opponents try linking him to crime spikes, but their biggest issue is staying on the ballot: “The sheriff’s electronic monitoring program — which takes up just 4 percent of its budget and has about 120 filled staff positions — has become a central campaign issue. As fears about crime have spiked, the program that sends some defendants home with an ankle monitor to await their trials has become a third-rail political issue,” by Tribune’s Alice Yin.
— Supreme approval: The Lake County Bar Association has made its recommendations for the Supreme Court Second District seat. Democratic judges Elizabeth Rochford and Rene Cruz and Republican judges Susan Hutchinson and Daniel Shanes were all rated highly qualified for the primary (Republicans Mark Curran and John Noverini and Democrat Nancy Rotering did not submit questionnaires or do interviews.)
— Growing concern over energy prices, power supply for downstate Illinois communities: “Although, the Clean Energy Jobs Act didn’t automatically close coal and natural gas plants. Those closures will gradually happen over time, but central and southern Illinois customers are already facing the possibility of brownouts,” by WGEM’s Mike Miletich.
— Everything you need to know about Illinois’ $4,000 electric vehicle rebate: “The state incentive starts July 1. But it does not apply to plug-in hybrids and funding is limited,” by WBEZ’s Courtney Kueppers.
— How a new law will tackle health care shortages in rural Illinois counties: “While large urban counties have 87.1 primary care physicians per 100,000 people, Illinois’ 62 rural counties have 45.5 primary care physicians, according to a 2018 report from the Illinois Rural Health Summit, a project of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine,” by State Journal Register’s Andrew Adams.
— Comptroller Susana Mendoza deposits $320M into the state’s Rainy Day Fund, via Vandalia, Radio’s Todd Stapleton
— Meet Dolostone, Illinois’ new official state rock: “This immense story hiding underneath our 2 feet,” by WTTW’s Patty Wetli.
— WEED WIN: A federal Judge has denied an injunction holding up 185 Illinois cannabis dispensary licenses. The order stipulates that the state can now release the 185 licenses to the lottery winners. Here’s the judge’s order
— Largest cannabis convention in US kicks off at McCormick Place, via ABC 7
— Mike Madigan ally complained to ex-speaker’s son about people ‘offended’ by favors, new filing reveals: “Michael Madigan’s son Andrew has not been accused of wrongdoing. But his name was made public Thursday as allegedly taking part in a conversation tied to his father’s bribery charges,” by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel.
— The Tribune’s take: “Much of the details in the document have already been revealed in other court filings. But the affidavit does include some new information about conversations between McClain and his alleged co-conspirators that lays out their political worldview in stark terms,” by Jason Meisner and Ray Long.
— Former Mayor Richard M. Daley remains in the hospital after undergoing tests, by Tribune’s John Byrne
— City Council urged to create guaranteed income program for Black men: “The idea is that such a program, paying $600 to $800 a month, would remove some men from the streets, thereby reducing their dependence on an illegal economy driven by the drug trade,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.
— Land promised for housing is actually going to a pro soccer team owned by a Chicago billionaire: “More than 30,000 people wait for homes from the Chicago Housing Authority. Meanwhile, a site that’s gone undeveloped for two decades is set to become a Chicago Fire practice facility,” by ProPublica’s Mick Dumke with video by WTTW’s Nick Blumberg.
— From enrollment declines to federal Covid relief funds: Chicago’s school year in 5 numbers, by Chalkbeat’s Eileen Pomeroy and Mauricio Pena.
— Former watchdog launches venture to study Chicago’s government structure: “Joe Ferguson’s 12-year run made him Chicago’s longest-serving watchdog. Now he wants to take a deeper look at the mayor’s office, city departments, the City Council, local government agencies under the mayor’s control — all to show it is ‘different from everywhere else’ and how those differences ‘tie to our chronic ills,’” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.
— Aurora Pride parade is back on — city gets enough cops by offering more pay: “The announcement that the parade is back on came about three hours after an administrative law judge upheld the city’s earlier revocation of the parade permit. The American Civil Liberties Union had said it would ask a federal judge to intervene,” by Daily Herald’s Susan Sarkauskas.
— In Cook County, governments have lost $88.7 million, letting tenants skip out on property taxes: “They lease public property to businesses. Many don’t pay their taxes. And the government landlords do little to monitor this, even when the law requires it, a Sun-Times investigation finds,” by Sun-Times’ Tim Novak and Lauren FitzPatrick.
— Former Aurora chief Ziman to help DOJ investigate police response to Uvalde shooting, by Daily Herald’s Charles Keeshan and Susan Sarkauskas.
A few hours before last night’s prime time hearing on the investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, a group of Watergate-era players held court in Chicago to ask “what if?”
What if President Richard Nixon had been prosecuted? What if President Gerald Ford hadn’t pardoned him? Would it make a difference today?
“I can’t help but think that had he been held accountable, maybe we wouldn’t be in the trouble we are now. Maybe democracy wouldn’t be so much at risk,” Jill Wine-Banks, a Chicago attorney who was a prosecutor in the Watergate investigation, told a crowd gathered at the University Club.
She was referring to Nixon never going to trial for the botched burglary of Democratic headquarters, or the attempt to cover it up. Nixon resigned before he could be impeached and was never prosecuted even though his top aides were. And Ford’s pardon has been the subject of debate for years.
“I think we need to hold the guilty accountable. No one is above the law, including the president or former president,” Wine-Banks said.
The crowd ate it up, knowing that some of them imagine she was talking about Trump as much as Nixon.
Former Nixon administration counsel John Dean also spoke (virtually).
The ironythat the Jan. 6 hearings are being held this month, the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, wasn’t lost on guests who buzzed about where they were in 1973 when those hearings played out.
SPOTTED: Judges Carole Bellows and Carol Kipperman, attorneys Laurel Bellows, Brian Sher, and Linda Chaplik Harris, businesswoman Christie Hefner, author Rick Perlstein, and Better Government Association’s David Greising.
Cocktails served: “Coverup collins” and “follow-the-money margaritas.”
We asked what you cut back on when money’s short: Marilynn Miller: “Driving, due to the cost of gas. Meat, especially beef. Prices are through the roof. Throwing parties!”… Janice Anderson: “First thing I cut back on is political fundraisers.” Ouch.
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— Chesa Boudin is out in San Francisco, but his agenda is alive in California, by POLITICO’s Jeremy B. White and Lara Korte
— Nikki Haley battles Trump in House primary turf war, by POLITICO’s Alex Isenstadt
— Hot mess: There’s a problem with Trump’s Air Force One paint job, by POLITICO’s Lee Hudson and Lara Seligman
— David Ross is now manager of government affairs at the American Forest and Paper Association. He previously was a legislative assistant for Republican Rep. Rodney Davis.
— Nader Elrashidy is managing director of Sterling Bay’s Life Sciences Ventures, where he’ll oversee the real-estate firm’s early-stage venture incubator and investment platforms. He previously was chief business office at Portal Innovations.
THURSDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Graham Grady for correctly answering that Princess Diana traveled in a Rolls-Royce during her 1996 visit to Chicago. The car was donated by Rolls dealer Vernon Smith and is now in the Volo Auto Museum
TODAY’s QUESTION: Who were the two Illinois governors charged with crimes but acquitted at trial? Email [email protected]
Today: former first kid Sasha Obama, mayoral candidate and former CPS CEO Paul Vallas, former state Sen. Jim Oberweis, Cook County human rights commissioner Sufyan Sohel, Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg, data-driven consultant Eli Brottman, and Judge Dominique C. Ross, who is also running for the appellate court.
Saturday: Democratic State Central Committeewoman and former state Rep. Lauren Beth Gash, Terminal Getaway Spa CEO Marko Iglendza, K2 public affairs VP Nick Klitzing, Holistic CEO Tom Alexander, governor’s office deputy comms director Jason Rubin, civic leader Maria Smithburg, and former state Rep. Cal Skinner Jr., who founded the McHenry County Blog.
Sunday: Chicago Ald. Emma Mitts, Cook County Circuit Court Judge John Curry Jr., former state Rep. John D’Amico, Secretary of State’s director of intergovernmental relations Jill Zwick, Chicago Board of Elections Commissioner William Kresse, Women’s Business Development Center CEO Emilia DiMenco, retired Circuit Court Judge Nick Ford, Frank software company cofounder Mary Urbina-McCarthy, marketing exec Candice Kuhnen, and former POLITICO editor Carrie Budoff Brown.